I posted last week about reasons to workout when pregnant and I touched on some of the benefits I think I have noticed. But I didn’t give reasons for why I make it such a priority and talk about it so much.
I have been exercising for years. It is my stress release, my fun and has become an easy way to add to my health. I wont lie and say it was always easy, but over time it has gone from something I should do to something I do to help my weight loss to something I do because I enjoy it. Now I relate it to showering as something I know I’ll just do and it is a lot easier to find where it will fit in my schedule! How often do you just not shower because you don’t have time? Never? You make time.
So when I found out that I was pregnant, I didn’t question if I wanted to continue to workout. From taking the group fitness instructor certification exam, I had learned a lot about modifications for pregnancy and I can also pull from the experiences of my friends. I knew what was presented as the benefits and they sound like great reasons. Mostly, having that information added to my own reasons.
I still exercise for my stress release. I still find it fun, at least the workouts I do! And now it is an easy way to add to not just my health, but my baby’s also. I still used “easy” there, and while it hasn’t been difficult, it has been more of a challenge.
I now need to exercise in the morning. If I wait until later in the day, I usually end up not working out or getting in something lighter than planned. Sometimes though, I have to choose sleep over exercise. Some days I don’t make it through my planned workout. It is much more important to listen to cues that I just don’t have it that day when there is a teeny human depending on me listening also. The same workouts are more difficult, and it is sometimes tough to find variety in the workouts I like.
It is so worth the extra difficulty though! I can’t imagine my pregnancy without the exercise.
Workout yesterday – Moms Into Fitness 3rd Trimester workout
Workout today – Prenatal yoga class and a long walk while listening to a podcast